Shots fired at SC judge's Lahore residence

Shots fired at SC judge's Lahore residence

Shots fired at SC judge's Lahore residence

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also condemned incident of firing at the residence of Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan in Lahore, said a press release by the PM Office.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar arrived at the residence of Justice Ahsan after the incident and is overseeing the situation. The bullet holes are spotted at the main gate of the residence and in the kitchen window.

"Intimidation of judges is an unpardonable act and those involved directly and indirectly in the firing incidents on the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan should not go scot-free and deserve exemplary punishment", he said in a statement.

Security personnel, including Rangers, have been deployed outside the residence of the judge. "We are trying our best to arrest the attackers and a thorough investigation is underway", Punjab government spokesman Malik Ahmad Khan told DawnNewsTV.

The Model Town police have registered a case against unknown persons on charges of firing at the residence of Justice Ijazul Ahsan.

Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident, ordering an investigation.

Justice Ahsan was part of the five-member bench that heard the high-profile Panamagate case a year ago that led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif, the then prime minister.

Supreme Court judges, including Justice Ijaz, are now in the provincial capital hearing several cases at the apex court's Lahore registry. Meanwhile, the government authorities, political parties and legal fraternity among others expressed solidarity with the apex court judge, condemned the incident in strong words and called for bringing the culprits to book.

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He is also the monitoring judge of the ongoing corruption cases in accountability court, filed by National Accountability Bureau (NAB), against Nawaz Sharif, his family and former finance minister Ishaq Dar.

A detailed forensic report will be provided by the Fire Arms and Tool Marks (FATM) Department of PFSA after completing the analysis of the submitted evidence. He said that additional security has been provided to the Supreme Court judge.

In a flimsy reference to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), the PTI chief said "these Sicilian-mafia-like tactics to pressurise senior judiciary are unacceptable in any democracy".

The PTI chief further tweeted that PTI stands firmly behind the Judiciary & Rule of Law & this is one reason behind party's 29th April Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa.

"Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) Crime Scene Unit was called to process the incident to analyze it forensically", said the investigation report.

Moreover, former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Asif Zardari called for a high-level investigation into the incident.

Lahore High Court Bar Association and Supreme Court condemned the incident and demanded the immediate apprehension of culprits.

"Lawyers of the whole country are standing with the Supreme Court judges", SCBA Secretary Safdar Tarar said in a statement, while LHCBA President Anwarul Haq said the lawyers were soldiers of the SC judges.

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